Sophomore sensation Christina Marinacci led Santa Ana Foothill with 25 points and 11 rebounds in a crucial 62-37 win against Irvine Woodbridge on Thursday, keeping alive the Knights slim hope of defending its Sea View League title.
Foothill (16-6, 4-2)
The 6-foot-1 forward also led Foothill to the CIF-IIA semifinals with a 24-6 record last season as a freshman by averaging 17.8 points and eight rebounds per game.
Woodbridge (12-7, 4-2) and Foothill are tied for the No. 11 ranking in the current CIF poll and trail league rival Huntington Beach (18-3, 6-0), who is ranked No. 8, with four games left in the regular season.
Marinacci was a star
travel ball player in middle school and has continued to polish her skills
to the point where she is one of the leading scorers in
She helped propel coach Vince Namba's Knights to an early 12-1 mark this season before losing four consecutive games.
During Foothill's non
league winning streak, Marinacci put up huge numbers, highlighted by 43 points
and 17 rebounds in a 71-53 win over
In a convincing 65-37
One week later, she led the Knights to another upset, a 60-46 conquest of highly ranked Huntington Beach Edison, by scoring 33 points and pulling down nine rebounds.
Namba called Marinacci a young version of former Foothill great Kristin Mann, who after graduating from UC Santa Barbara, went on to become a 2005 number one draft pick of the Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA. Mann was also a WNBA all-star last season.
By the time Marinacci
reaches her senior season, she will be well in range to break some of Mann's 25
school records. Mann holds the Foothill record for most points in a game by
scoring 45 versus Centennial of Corona.